Another First Place for Moonlight Mesa Author

Lee Anderson on his rescued thoroughbred Concho

Congratulations go to C.L. “Lee” Anderson whose book, The View from My Old Saddle, has been awarded first place in the 2020 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Contest.

The View from My Old Saddle was entered in the Pets and Animals category by Becky Coffield, publisher at Moonlight Mesa Associates, Inc. The cover design is by Moonlight Mesa’s long-time graphic artist, Vin Libassi.

This is Anderson’s second time competing in this contest. He was a finalist two years ago with his first book, Developing the Art of Equine Communication,” which has been an extremely popular title. Another equine book, A Beginner’s Guide to Owning a Mule, has also been a finalist in this contest and currently is Moonlight Mesa’s top-selling book for 2020.

Originally Moonlight Mesa Associates started as a western book publisher – but after seven successful years and the retirement of the company’s highly popular author of the Jake Silver Series, Jere D. James, against all advice Coffield began making the transition to nonfiction, and it has proven to be an excellent decision. The company’s top-selling books are now all nonfiction:

Casey Tibbs – Born to Ride, by Rusty Richards

Some Gave All – Lawmen Who Died with their Boots On, by J.R. Sanders

A Beginner’s Guide to Owning a Mule, by Becky Coffield

We managed to survive 7 years and 25,000 miles aboard a 34′ Cal 2-34

Developing the Art of Equine Communication, by C.L. Lee Anderson, paperback and ebook

Life Was A Cabaret – A Tale of Two Fools, A Boat, and a Big-A** Ocean, by Becky Coffield

Getting a Handle on Herpes, by P.A. Arnold (ebook only)

Saving Our Oceans, by R.L. Coffield

The Old Folks in the Boat, Becky Coffield (currently not available online – email publisher for copy)

“Book sales overall have not been spectacular in this Covid/Election year, but we certainly could have done worse,” Coffield said. “Our move to a new location took longer and had more setbacks than we ever imagined, so that didn’t help either.”

Publisher Has Good News!

Muley cover    It’s always a pleasure to have some good news! Here it is:

Moonlight Mesa Associates received notification today that A Beginner’s Guide to Owning a Mule  is a finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards! The book was entered in the Pets/Animals Division. The title was Moonlight Mesa’s overall best-selling nonfiction book in 2018.

Awards will be announced November 9 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

MEANWHILE, work has begun on Lee Anderson’s The View From My Saddle.  “This book is absolutely amazing,” editor Renee Witty commented. “I learned so much from Lee’s first book (Developing the Art of Equine Communication), but this new book is even more incredible. It’s extremely reader-friendly but also extremely informative.”

The View From My Saddle  discusses training techniques as well as the ins and outs of horse equipment with a lot of emphasis on bridle bits. “People will think twice before they stick a bit in a horse’s mouth and jerk on those reins,” Witty said. Anderson also covers the various disciplines as well as the competitive show ring/racing/trail parts of the horse world.

                                Lee and his rescued horse Concho checking things out

“Lee has been there, done that, and studied these things for decades. Having been an engineer, he is very attuned to how and why things work. This book is a must-read for every equestrian out there!” Renee said.

The publisher, Moonlight Mesa Associates, Inc. hopes to have the book in print and available by January  of 2020. Vin Libassi will again do the cover design even though he’s now living in Ecuador. Happily they have internet!

FINALLY,  after a lot of delay, procrastination, and postponement, Memoir Writing  is now available on Amazon as an ebook;  priced at $4.95.  Looking to write a memoir? You’ll appreciate the many tips and ideas in this short book.